T.G.I. Friday's competition raises money for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Get ready for a very difficult game of spin the bottle.

T.G.I. Friday’s on Wednesday will host its annual bartending competition, the local installment of the T.G.I. Friday’s World Bartender Championship.

“It’s the bartenders’ chance to show off their knowledge and raise money for a good cause in the process,” said Richard Lynn, assistant general manager and bar manager for the Columbus restaurant.

The night’s proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Guests can make donations and participate in a raffle and auction. There’s no charge to watch the competition.

“Bring lots of money and help the kids,” Lynn said. “It’s a good time. It’s very entertaining.”

It’s the local store’s fifth year holding the event. Wednesday’s winner will advance to a regional competition, which will be held at the Columbus restaurant this year.

The contest culminates in a battle between T.G.I. Friday’s bartenders from around the world.

Competitors are tested on topics like uniforms and food knowledge prior to Wednesday’s event.

On the night of the showdown, you’ll see a variety of bartending tricks. Bottles will spin in the air and — if all goes as planned — smoothly land in a bartender’s hand.

Eight bartenders will participate in the local contest. Among the contenders: Allen Hinds, 26, who has seen his share of broken bottles on the road to bartending glory.

He hopes for good luck during the contest, and vows Wednesday’s guests will have a good time regardless of which bartender wins.

“There won’t be one person here without a smile on their face,” Hinds said.

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